What is Forensic Psychiatry? It is a medical subspecialty that has been practiced for centuries but only achieved Board Certification in 1994
when the first Board Exams were given. The word Forensic comes from the Latin word forensis meaning public and from the word forum which together have come to mean suitable to Courts.
Forensic Psychiatry refers to the application of the science and art of Medical and Psychiatric knowledge to legal issues.
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- Expert Witness Testimony
- Record Review
- Child Custody
- Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Physical Abuse
What is the training of a Forensic Psychiatrist? A Forensic Psychiatrist is a Physician who is a Medical Doctor who has graduated from a School of Medicine and received an M.D. degree. The
Forensic Psychiatrist must pass a Medical Licensing Board Examination to obtain a License to Practice Medicine. After becoming a Physician,
the Forensic Psychiatrist completes an internship and residency in Psychiatry. The next step is successful completion of an examination to become Board Certified by the
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. Then, after additional experience and training, the Forensic Psychiatrist completes another Board Examination
to become Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Forensic Psychiatry.
Who needs a Forensic Psychiatrist?
A Forensic Psychiatrist examines individuals by self referral or referred by Attorneys, both Defense Attorneys and Prosecuting
Attorneys, Judges, Insurance Companies, Government Agencies, Pharmaceutical Companies and Employers with Occupational issues that involve both Criminal and Civil
cases. The Forensic Psychiatrist also reviews all available information and materials pertinent to the issues and provides consultation and Expert Witness Testimony.